Habib Beye – Newcastle Have Many Great Players


Habib Beye, who was signed just minutes before the summer transfer deadline at the end of August, has been talking to www.nufc.co.uk and he knew quite a few of the squad before he even came to Newcastle.

He has particular respect for our new stopper, Brazilian Claudio Cacapa, who has made a very impressive start to his Newcastle career with a number of confident performances in the center of Newcastle’s defense. Let’s take a look at what Habib Beye has been saying – it all seems so positive.

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Habib BeyeNewcastle have many great players in their squad

This is what Beye, who is expected to make his Newcastle debut next Monday at Derby County, told Craig Hope of our official web site today:

“I met with Cacapa on a number of occasions when he was captain of Lyon and I was captain of Marseilles,” “There was a lot of pressure in those games because the teams are big rivals and they were always very important matches.”

“Cacapa is someone who deserves my respect because he won five championships with Lyon and I am looking forward to working with him because he is a first class player.”

“I also played against David Rozehnal for PSG and he too is a very good defender,” “I have played against Shola Ameobi of course when Marseilles played Newcastle in 2004.” “And also Michael Owen when he was at Liverpool. We beat them 3-2 over two legs and Owen played in both games.”

“Oba Martins is someone I have faced for Nigeria, so I know all about the Newcastle team and know there are many great players.” “I am here to get the very best out of myself and I’m sure with the quality of players we have I will be able to do that.”

We are looking forward to Beye playing for Newcastle, because there’s no doubt that right-back has been a weakness in our defense for a few years. The reports we have received on Beye suggest he is an excellent defender so it seems we are in for a treat to have both Cacapa and Beye in the same back-line. You can bet too they are both good leaders – having been captains of their teams in France.

We cannot wait to see Beye at Derby County and also look forward to Jose Enrique coming through to take his place at left-back. As we have already suggested, that will free up young Charles N’Zogbia to play either left wing or wherever Big Sam wants to use the young dynamic Frenchman, who has performed brilliantly for the club this season.

Yes, on reflection, we are forced to agree with Habib, we do think we have some great players at the club. Now to get those league points ! 😀

Comments welcome.



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25 comments so far

  • devin fisk

    Sep 10, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    sounds good. ad haddy

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  • Tripp

    Sep 10, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t wait to see Beye in action (or at least read about it). It’s nice to have so many quality options for the defense, esp after last season.

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  • TOON1

    Sep 10, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    ED-any news on Bartons come back date,and do u think he will walk straight into the team instead of nicky butt?

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 10, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Looking forward to seeing him play at Derby as he’s reportedly an excellent fullback.

    BSA and the Newcastle United Management team finally got their man although they kept us waiting till the very last minute!

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  • Lin

    Sep 10, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #5

    We now have a squad full of determination. We are not hard to be beaten whoever we meet. I can’t wait to see Beye to shine in the PEL.

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  • Alex

    Sep 10, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    If Enrique starts against Derby then maybe Sam could play Nzogbia central midfield .That would give us the creative player that is missing in the middle. Emre could then move out wide where his speed and trickery could upset the opposing fullback.His small physical presence would then be less of a problem.We would then have 2 new full backs to back up our wide players this giving us plenty of attacking options out wide and through the middle.

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  • Obafan

    Sep 10, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Beye will be topclass for the toon. Fantastic, I’m still enjoying the last hours of last weeks transfer deadline; what a nervy day. Fantastic job BSA and the board.

    Beye is ready to be our best RB for years.

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  • Joe

    Sep 10, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Wouldn’t play Emre out wide. He’s not especially quick and lacks creativity for that position. He is far more suited to the middle. But then, so is Zoggy so it’s a difficult one. Zog IS quicker though and more capable of fine crosses so I would rather play him on the left.

    The decision will be far easier when Duff is back to fitness. He’s the only natural left winger at the club; just means Zog and Emre will have to rotate between them depending on the opposition.

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  • Tripp

    Sep 10, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9

    What’s the word on Duff’s fitness? He’s been off the radar for a while now…

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  • stu

    Sep 10, 2007 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #10

    then what happens when barton returns, the central midfield will have to be him am geremi. milner on the right. so a would keep charles in the team on the left. owen/martins n viduka/ameobi up top. am nt sayin what our bk 4 is because a dnt want to leave out taylor although it luks that way, also at the min harper deserves to be in nets

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  • Rich

    Sep 10, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Duff should be back training in November.

    we have Zog, id rather see Zog on the left than Duff, but Duff always a good option to have on the bench IMO.

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  • Darryl Money

    Sep 10, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope Duff gets his form from the Blackburn Era… will be in for a treat

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  • steve

    Sep 10, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #13

    @alex – emre and speed in the same sentence – have you actually watched him play, speed is definitely not one of his assets

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 10, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #14

    TOON1 – Joey Barton is due to resume training on 23rd September – will take him a week or two after that I would suspect to be fully ready – but expect him to be a starter after that to provide the creativity. I have no idea who he’ll replace.

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  • michael

    Sep 10, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Emre is crap. Can’t believe the large number of supporters he has apparently duped. Little creativity aside from the odd ricochet, no pace or strength, and his passing has a similar range to a ninety-three year old man with a prostate the size of a grapefruit! 2 seasons of crap for 4 million quid. What a joke.

    Team: Given, Cacapa, Rozehnal, Beye, N’Zogbia, Geremi, Smith, Milner, Owen, Viduka, Butt.

    Can’t wait for Barton and Duff. Only 2 real starting XI players missing now. Good work compared with Roeder’s nonsense.

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  • JoshI

    Sep 10, 2007 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed – on the league table it says Blackburn have played 4…. won 2…. drawn 2…. lost 1…. i dont know whether its an error with the games played or the matches won, drawn and lost. Just like to say apart from that tiny mistake the rest of the stats page is looking good!! 😀 excellent idea.

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  • JoshI

    Sep 10, 2007 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I only just watched the goals from the juventus game…. what a strike by young Carroll, he looks quite sharp for one so young and inexperienced.

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  • Hammy

    Sep 10, 2007 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Can’t wait to see Beye play…..Beye…Capaca..Rozehnal….Enrique….
    EEEEXXCCEEEELLLLLLLLENNNNNTTEEEEEEEE.
    How does Sam do it? A shit hot defence for the price of Luque……..well maybe a little exagerated……….I hope England qualify for Euro’s as wouldn’t want the sweet FA sniffing around BSA if/when McSvenan gets the boot.

    Personally I think Big Sam would give them the middle finger as they had their chance and blew it…..c’mon the toon.

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  • Hammy

    Sep 10, 2007 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Steve….I think Alex is getting Emre mixed up with the Zog, my 3 year old son could skin Emre…

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  • Hammy

    Sep 10, 2007 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Seeing how nobody else is posting…..ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE TRANSFER WINDOW DEADLINE BLOG….OVER 300 POSTS IN A COUPLE OF HOURS…BRILLIANT…WELL DONE TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED ON THE NAILBITING FINALE TO THE WINDOW CLOSURE.
    CLASS…………………………

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  • Velok

    Sep 11, 2007 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #21

    Did any of you Emre haters see his match winner against Reading last season?
    That’s the real Emre.. Agressive work, nice pace on the ball, and what a finish!

    If only Big Sam could get him fit, and keep him fit, he could be a great player for nufc…

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  • perry

    Sep 11, 2007 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Agree with Hammy. Our back 4 is a top class. Can’t wait to sea the next match

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  • jason

    Sep 11, 2007 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #23

    I can’t wait to see all the new players they all sound great..enrique “the bull”sounds like his is well up for a battle.
    When the new boys are bedded in and fit I can se us being such a hard team to break down and beat..hats off to Big Sam he si doing a grand job.
    The derby game can’t come quick enough for me !

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 11, 2007 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Don’t think we’ll be seeing much of the little Turk in a black and white shirt from now on. He’s shot himself in the foot by saying he wants to leave – I can’t see BSA putting up with that kind of carry on.
    Just when things were looking up for the toon as well – what a muppet!

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  • SW

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Sorry for the off topic post, but does anyone know where I can catch a Newcastle game in Leiden, Netherlands? All the pubs seem to show games with teams I don’t give a shite about.

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